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#1 2013-07-29 22:21:04

burred
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From: Montreal
Registered: 2008-03-17
Posts: 1106

"prison" for prism

Seeing the world through a prism distorts and limits the spectrum of possibilities. It colours what you see. The prism provides a restricted perspective, from the inside looking out. Your vision is constrained, your understanding is limited. And the food is bad, too.

The goal of this discussion is likewise to ascertain the interplay of international politics and international law, as seen through the prison of international governance.
http://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=& … 9olsPLznow

The eternal unity of the character of God—seen through the prison of our fallen thoughts—appeared to be broken up into many parts.
http://books.google.ca/books?id=04QEAAA … 22&f=false

America has become so cynical and opportunistic (in my opinion, largely because of the example of its leadership) that Shelby is seen through the prison of his tribal affiliation and his willingness to do whatever it takes to win.
http://digbysblog.blogspot.ca/2011/06/b … m-was.html

The rights and obligations of individuals are seen through the prison of the sectarian politics and sectarian spoils.
http://ihsanalkhatib.blogspot.ca/2009/1 … nians.html

In fact, viewed through the prison of contemporary nighttime television, the media apparently has little thought for plot
http://www.amazon.com/American-Dreamsca … Descending

Common opponents, viewed through the prison of the Rose Bowl, should have minimal impact in the eyes of pundits.
http://dailyemerald.com/page/15/?s=Kenjon+Barner

In addition- the traverse of tongues, time, cultures and context may reduce the “original” to a beautiful abstraction when viewed through the prison of a crumbling educational system.
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/guest-pos … ist?page=2

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#2 2013-07-31 09:04:50

DavidTuggy
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From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-11
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Re: "prison" for prism

It roundtrips, at least occasionally:

I’ve never been in prism, though I did get put in the lock up for being drunk once!

I had hoped for someone being in the prism of one idea, which might have been eggcornish, but I didn’t find it.


*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)

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#3 2019-06-17 09:32:21

DavidTuggy
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From: Mexico
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Re: "prison" for prism

Found this:

Foxes move speedily and obliquely and don’t view experiences through the prism of one idea. They are also aware of what they don’t know.

Definitely not the same as being in the prism of one idea, but eggcorn-like nonetheless, I think. I mean, they are definitely thinking of viewing things (experiences in this case) through a prism, and pretty clearly thinking that limitation to one idea is likely to distort your view, but the standard phrase “(in) the prison of one idea” (which introduces or reinforces the idea of limitation) is probably active in their mind, and influenced the formation of their phrase.
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Only the one hit showed up. It is hard to draw conclusions through the prism of one hit.

Last edited by DavidTuggy (2019-06-17 12:28:59)


*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)

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#4 2019-06-17 23:08:01

kem
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From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2699

Re: "prison" for prism

It is hard to draw conclusions through the prism of one hit.

Indeed. But it’s fun to try. Reminds me of Mark Twain’s remark in his essay “Is Shakespeare Dead?”, noting how the life of Shakespeare is built up from mass speculation around a few facts:

“It is the very way Professor Osborn and I built the colossal skeleton brontosaur that stands fifty-seven feet long and sixteen feet high in the Natural History Museum, the awe and admiration of all the world, the stateliest skeleton that exists on the planet. We had nine bones, and we built the rest of him out of plaster of Paris. We ran short of plaster of Paris, or we’d have built a brontosaur that could sit down beside the Stratford Shakespeare and none but an expert could tell which was biggest or contained the most plaster.”


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